Ideal if you’re looking to give up cigarettes this New Year.
Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult New Year’s resolutions to keep. Nicotine is highly addictive and giving up hard to maintain, with expert opinion divided on whether quitting cold turkey is the best way to do so. As such, while it might seem like the easy way out or only a partial approach to success, finding short term nicotine replacements is often the first step on the road to giving up. Enter Vaping.
Studies have suggested that the long-term effects of vaping are far less harmful than smoking cigarettes, as even though nicotine is still present, many of the auxiliary chemicals – such as carbon monoxide – are not.
If you’ve been looking to start vaping, no doubt you’ve come across CBD vapes. Vaping and CBD are two terms which weren’t recently in the public lexicon. But with vaping’s growing prevalence on the high street and the legalisation of CBD in many countries across the globe, it was only a matter of time before the two joined forces.
What’s more, research has found Cannabidiol to have some promising uses in cases of addiction. That, combined with its perceived anti-anxiety effects, means CBD vape products could potentially be useful in helping smokers quit nicotine for good. Of course, much more research into this needs to be done, but the initial signs are promising.
If you want to learn more about vaping and CBD, and how some people use them together in the form of CBD vape oil, then read on; here are your questions answered on vaping CBD.
SO, WHAT IS CBD?
Firstly, if you’ve been living under a stone in recent years, let’s elaborate on CBD. Cannabidiol is an active chemical compound derived from the hemp plant. Cannabidiol is processed into various formulations fit to be consumed, including edibles, smoking, tinctures, topicals, capsules, and vaping.
CBD oil is legal in the UK as long as it contains less than 0.2% THC, the element of cannabis which gets you ‘high’. It also needs to be sold and advertised as a ‘nutrition supplement’ rather than as a medicine, so check the label to make sure it is from a legitimate supplier.
CBD varies from THC as it doesn’t (for better or for worse) trigger a psychoactive reaction. Because it doesn’t get you high and is believed to bring about beneficial health responses in some, scientific research has recently begun to validate its potential efficacy.
WHAT IS VAPING? HOW DOES IT WORK?
Equally, should your vision have been obscured by a hazy cloud of fruity smelling smoke for the last decade or so, then let us explain vaping, too.
Vaping is the act of inhaling vapour through an electronic device known as a vaporiser. The vapour comes from a battery-powered unit that rapidly heats the e-liquid, turning it into said vapour. When inhaled into the lungs, the vapour passes through the alveoli and enters into the bloodstream.
Vaping has grown in popularity in recent years primarily as a vehicle to assist in giving up smoking. According to the NHS, a landmark study found that ‘’long term vaping (is) far safer than smoking.’’
CBD OIL AND CBD E-LIQUIDS: THE DIFFERENCE
Cannabidiols are available in different forms, such as CBD oil, capsules, rubs, sprays, gummy bears and CBD e-liquid.
Like vegetable oils, CBD oils emit toxic waste when torched. Therefore, never vape CBD oil. Instead, it’s important to seek out CBD e-liquids which are specially made for vaping, to ensure safety.
WHAT TYPES OF VAPORISER ARE AVAILABLE?
This is the most popular vaping device with a chamber and heating coil. The coil is responsible for heating up the CBD vape oil and converting it into vapour. Many vapers prefer vape pens because they’re discreet and easy to use.
One setback of a vape pen, however, is that the coil wears out quickly and needs to be replaced frequently. The frequency of replacement depends on how often the user utilises the device and the resistance of the coil itself.
Tank-style vaporisers produce larger clouds of vapour and are suitable for vaporising e-liquid. They contain a tank, an atomiser, and a coil. Tank style-vaporisers are suitable for vaping CBD e-liquid due to their affordability and replaceable and refillable atomisers.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY VAPORISER AFTER USE?
Maintaining the cleanliness of your vape is not only important for preserving the effectiveness of the device, but it also ensures that flavour quality is retained. Without cleaning, the vaping device will work less effectively due to residue build up, and may also lose much of the flavour of your CBD vape oil e-liquids.
To clean your vape between each change of liquid, you should disassemble the device and rinse it thoroughly with warm, though not hot, water. Then, run a paper towel through the tank to dry it. Should your vape require a deeper clean, then use high proof alcohol (such as vodka) in place of water.
THE BOTTOM LINE
When it comes to finding nicotine replacements, vaping CBD is not entirely risk-free, and the fluids still contain harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke, although at lower levels. Other nicotine replacements are effective, and more medically approved too. These include gum, nasal spray, lozenges or an inhaler. Keep informed about your choices and good luck on your quitting journey!
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